HamletHub Community Events Series at The Ridgefield Playhouse Includes BandJam, Livestream Movies, Concerts, and MORE!

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HamletHub’s Community Events Series includes Livestream movies (War Horse, National Theatre of London), concerts (Blind Boys of Alabama, Livestream), The MET Encore in HD, BandJam 2021, and more!

For a comprehensive list of community events at The Ridgefield Playhouse, click here.

Spotlight on BandJam

  • Submission Deadline – May 10
  • Life tryouts – May 24 & 25
  • BandJam Performance – June 6

The BandJam competition will restart in 2021 with local area bands submitting their original and/or cover song recordings. On June 6, things heat up when finalist bands perform on The Playhouse stage before a live audience and face a panel of judges!

The Ridgefield Playhouse BandJam competition is open to area Middle School and High School bands. You do not need to attend Ridgefield Schools to participate. Bands will be grouped in two categories: High School (grades 9-12) & Middle School (grades 8 and below)

HOW TO ENTER

Email the following to 
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 NO LATER THAN MAY 16, 2021:

  • Completed Band Entry Form
  • YouTube link (public or private) to a video of the band performing one song in 2021 (live performance or rehearsal).
  • MP3 audio file of the band performing one song in 2021 (live performance, rehearsal or studio recording). You may submit a second YouTube link (as per above) in lien of an mp3 audio file.

NOTE AT LEAST ONE OF THE SUBMITTED SONGS MUST BE A COVER (ONE MAY BE AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION).  ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MAY 16, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Recordings and songs performed may not be defamatory or obscene, and may not include profanities or other inappropriate materials as determined by BandJam. Any such entries will be disqualified.  BandJam will not acknowledge any entry which does not meet all entry requirements (including a parent or legal guardian’s signature where required) and will disqualify those entries.  Bands comprising all Middle School students (or a combination of Middle School and Elementary School students) must enter the Middle School category.

Sponsors will not acknowledge any entry not meeting all entry requirements (including a parent or legal guardian’s signature) and will disqualify those entries.

WHO SAYS YOU HAVE TO BE AN ADULT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

After learning that the not-for-profit Ridgefield Playhouse was struggling in 2009, three Ridgefield boys wanted to do something to help.  In 2010, Cole Butchen, Michael Rosamilia and Tucker Hearon created a benefit event called “Ridgefield BandJam” for not only Ridgefield students, but all area High School and Middle School students in bands that rock!  Since 2009, BandJam has gone on to raise more than $100,000 and has given local students the opportunity to perform in front  of celebrity judges and music industry insiders.  More importantly, it has helped promote music education for kids.  Musical training helps build confidence, improves students’ school work, builds imagination gives them a sense of achievement.

BandJam can also be a first step in helping young musicians on their road to a professional career.  Recently, Ridgefield High School freshman Jimy Bishop (2019 BandJam participant with Freedom Rockets) wrote and released a song titled “Take It to the Streets.”  The song is currently #27 on the New Music Weekly Top 40 Chart and #36 on the New Music Weekly Hot 100 Chart.

100% OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM BANDJAM SUPPORT THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE.

 

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